Ahead of they even met every other, Vernon Hargreaves III had a fan in new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians. Now Hargreaves has expressed that the feeling is mutual.
Just after back-to-back five-11 seasons, the Bucs hired the 66-year old Arians to adjust items in Tampa Bay, like a defense that could be described as beneath typical at most effective. Portion of that strategy was hiring Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator and switching to a three-four defensive scheme. An additional portion of his strategy is to place Hargreaves, the team’s 1st-round choose in 2016, back to playing outdoors corner, exactly where he is most comfy at.
Arians expressed his self-confidence in Hargreaves at the NFL owner’s meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I have fantastic self-confidence in Vernon,” Arians mentioned. “If we have to take Vernon and place him at nickel, then I do not know who that is but [at outside cornerback]. So let’s discover a nickel. Let’s leave Vernon outdoors exactly where we know he can play and be efficient and discover a nickel. This is the only roster ideal now. I do not know due to the fact I haven’t observed the young guys. I’ve observed them play cover two, quarters, I under no circumstances saw them play man to man.”
These comments meant every little thing to Hargreaves, who spoke with the media on Monday for the 1st time given that going on injured reserve just after hurting his shoulder in a Week 1 upset at New Orleans final year.
“What Coach Arians mentioned the other day, I couldn’t cease smiling,” mentioned Hargreaves with a different quite wide grin on his face. “I sent the hyperlink to everyone. It just tends to make me delighted that the coaches right here now fully grasp – they fully grasp what’s going on, they fully grasp us as players, exactly where guys ought to be and stuff like that, and I’m delighted for that.”
Hargreaves only played one particular game final season just after tearing his labrum in his shoulder that necessary off-season surgery. He says that he is 100 % healthier now, and prepared to get back onto the field.
As soon as he does get back on that field, he’s going to be playing outdoors press corner when once again, which he feels is his most effective position. Hargreaves has played in the slot more than the final two years, but that was due to the fact he was most effective obtainable to the group and was prepared to play anyplace. Now he’s back in his comfort zone.
“I like playing inside,” Hargreaves mentioned. “I didn’t do it prior to my rookie year, but when I got drafted right here they type of had been testing guys out and I just occurred to be the most effective, truth be told, so they moved me inside. Like I mentioned, I’m a football player, I do not care exactly where they place me at as lengthy as I’m playing, but playing outdoors is what I want to do. That is what I do.”
The truth that Arians went out of his way to compliment him publicly prior to even meeting the young cornerback instilled a fantastic deal of self-confidence in Hargreaves.
“I do not have words for it,” Hargreaves mentioned. “I do not know why Coach Arians mentioned that about me, but I like it. He does not know me. He does not have to say something about me, but I like it. That is that self-confidence that I have to have. That is that self-confidence that we have to have as a secondary, and we’re excited – the entire group is.”
In addition to his target of playing healthier for a complete 16 games for the 1st time given that his rookie season, Hargreaves desires to make excellent on his new coaches’ faith in him.
“I want to play for him now, this is exactly where I want to be,” Hargreaves mentioned. “This is normally exactly where I wanted to be, but when the head guy puts himself on the line for you, it type of does one thing for you. I do not genuinely know how to clarify it but it provides you a excellent feeling on the inside. It tends to make you want to play.”
Playing in a new method in which Hargreaves no longer has to play off the ball and can now go back to press coverage on the receiver reminds him his college days at Florida exactly where he recorded 27 pass breakups and 10 interceptions as a 3-year starter. Hargreaves couldn’t be additional excited to get back to what he feels he does most effective.
“It’s every little thing that I do,” Hargreaves mentioned. “It’s every little thing that I do nicely. It is type of like taking me back to college.”